Louisiana House backs $34B budget, with worries about future

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana House has agreed to a $34 billion operating budget for next year that includes hundreds of millions in federal coronavirus aid.

They passed it unanimously Wednesday. The spending plan for the financial year that begins July 1 would keep most programs and services from cuts.

It plugs gaps with temporary federal dollars that Louisiana is receiving to respond to the COVID-19 disease.

Lawmakers acknowledged they have concerns about what happens a year later, when the temporary federal stopgap aid disappears and if the state’s tax collections don’t recover from coronavirus declines.

The budget proposal heads next to the Senate.

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